W Chicago Lakeshore
Photos by Munson Steed for Steed Media Service

The W Chicago – Lakeshore underwent a $38 million makeover, and it’s the best restyle effort to date in the area. The only Chicago hotel overlooking Lake Michigan, it’s complete with all the amenities sophisticated travelers desire. From the very moment you walk in the lobby’s atrium, it’s cool factor flows through your veins.

For those families who thought they were just going to the local hotel when they booked the Lakeshore property, they realize they are steps from iconic attractions like Navy Pier and The Magnificent Mile. There’s nothing ordinary or boring about this hotel. Spray-painted bottles adorn the walls, the marble floors are illustrious, notable jazz and house music are jumping through the speakers.

Check-in is easy. And there’s a silver tray filled with Granny Smith apples for the famished traveler who needs something to nosh on before their dinner reservation at Current.

The colors, decor and magnetism at this high style hotel define the mood and is just what the soul seeking respite needs. Agua? You have so many choices: the over-the-lake fireworks display at the beautiful Navy Pier, the beautiful beach, and the seventh floor pool. There’s nothing like a great stay and customer service to match. The staff from the bar to the rooms are there to serve.

There seems to be some synergistic relationship between this hotel and the city. For the romantic, it is the ideal accommodation. The ambiance is one that compels the poet to pen a special love letter, the writer to conclude his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, and the romantics to cuddle.